Speculation surrounding Arsenal's January transfer bids is beginning to slow down, as Arsene Wenger appears to be standing firm on his pledge to not make any major changes.
Still, there remain some available options on the market, while a bargain or two could pique Wenger's interest.
Arsenal are competing with Manchester City and Chelsea to sign Southampton's Luke Shaw, according to The Independent. The 16-year-old left-back has a £4 million valuation, though he has seen limited action. The Independent is perhaps the most accurate British publication, and Wenger has a reputation for spotting burgeoning talent, so this deal seems reasonable.
The Gunners are expected to bid on Eric Abidal, according to Sky Sports. The Barcelona defender has given uneven performances this season, but has been more consistent in recent weeks and could come at a bargain rate at about £4 million. Arsenal are desperate for full backs, and the French veteran has roughly six months left on his contract.
Daily Mail reported that Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou could move to Emirates for £3 million. It might be a longshot that the 26-year-old Ivory Coast star would join Arsenal since he reportedly has asked Chelsea for £90,000 a week, and Arsenal are known for not paying that type of wage.
ESPN recently reported that Anderlecht forward Matias Suarez is not expected to join Arsenal in January. The 23-year-old Argentine remains committed to the Belgian club and he rejected speculation that any departure for Emirates was imminent.
I want to, at the least, finish the job that I've started and that is helping the team to win the title, which is what everyone deserves, Suarez told De Standaard. I don't know where the story has come from that I will be joining Arsenal this winter, but I can formally deny it.
While Suarez appears to be staying with his club, the same can be said for star midfielder Mario Gotze, who has gone public that he won't be leave Borussia Dortmund to join Arsenal or any other club. Gotze had reportedly been on Arsenal's radar since the summer, and it's possible the Gunners could renew their interest at season's end.